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Royal Proclamation of 1763

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King George III of English issued the Proclamation of 1763, prohibiting settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. But many land speculators, including George Washington, violated the proclamation by claiming vast acreage in western Virginia.

The proclamation issued on October 7, 1763 established requirements that had to be met before aboriginal land could be purchased. One of the requirements that the purchase must be approved by a meeting of all members of the people selling the land because of the "great Frauds and Abuses" committed "in purchasing Lands of the Indians."

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